Music in my head, dance in my body, the rhythm of my heart.
How far can you fall in just one month? How quickly can the human spirit be broken? Where does evil hide in plain sight?
Ash wants to dance. Needs it. To leave behind a life of expectation and duty, to set his soul free.
But life is never that simple. Every step is a journey on a new road.
For every action, there is a reaction.
Every choice has a consequence.
And when you meet the wrong person, all bets are off.
Laney tolerates her limitations, pushing quietly at boundaries. But when Ash crashes into her world through rage and violence, it sets off a chain reaction that neither of them expected.
“The perfect balance of dark suspense and heart-warming romance, this was a book that I could not put down, and loved in all its devastating, gritty, yet unreservedly romantic and compelling beauty.”
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"If there's one thing we can say about Jane Harvey Berrick's writing, it's that she always manages to capture our imagination with the beauty and visionary of her stories!"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Slave to the Rhythm by Jane Harvey-Berrick is a dark romantic thriller. It is a well-written standalone novel. Aljaz Novak arrives in Las Vegas from Slovenia on a work visa. He knows something is up when he’s told to hand over his passport and cell phone and get in a van with some other newly-arrived Eastern Europeans. “I was in a crowded American city, and I’d never felt more alone.” --Aljaz Aljaz is a titled ballroom-competition dancer, Aljaz has recently lost his dance partner. He is handsome and a very good dancer. He is quite the lady’s man as well, which comes in handy when he eventually needs to come up with some cash. Much to his dismay, Aljaz’ beauty attracts more than just the ladies. While this character is meant to be tragic, I just couldn’t connect or empathize with him. Laney, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, is visiting Las Vegas with her girlfriends. She’s beautiful, compassionate, and smart. She is also in constant pain, and sometimes requires a wheelchair. I found this brave, independent character likable and believable. There is quite a cast of secondary characters. Fellow dancers Gary, a flamboyant gay, and Yvette, a Russian dancer, are the most developed. I loved Gary. He is ebullient yet practical. There’s a handful of Russian mobsters who are running all sorts of illegal operations, including human trafficking of Eastern Europeans--hoping to come to America and find success. The Mafiosi are all menacing, terrifying kingpins of crime. The plot of the story is well paced. While I couldn’t get into the characters, I think many readers will find them empathetic. The Russian mafia story is plausible, and the violence is graphically described. I didn’t feel any chemistry between Laney and Aljaz, however, their budding relationship is believable given that Aljaz needs rescuing and a way to stay in America. Although I know it happens all the time, I was really disappointed with the romanticizing of immigration- fraud. Overall, Slave to the Rhythm is well written, but the storyline didn’t appeal to me…just a personal preference. I didn’t hate it, and I didn’t love it.
An incredible book. Fantastic story. Well written.
Starts off with a WOW!! Then slowed down for me.. I found it difficult to stay focused or keep reading. It just didn't grab me the way that the beginning did. Maybe it was just me, because of the complication in the relationships.. The story is written well, the emotions were definitely there for me, but part of it was just idk.. It certainly won't stop me from reading more from this Author.